Job title: Strategic partnerships manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Field-based
Contract type: 16-month fixed term contract


We are looking for a Strategic partnerships manager to join our Academy of Computing team for a 16-month fixed-term contract.

About the role

The Strategic partnerships manager will possess exceptional strategic relationship building, communication and organisational skills, to play a leading role in communicating and engaging with our partners.

The Strategic partnerships manager will be responsible for our education partnerships portfolio, acting as the key point of contact for current and prospective partners, ensuring direction accurately reflects BCS policy, demonstrates impact and aligns with our purpose. They will foster positive and effective relationships with our partners in pursuit of our strategic goals including securing new funding and opportunities.

Key responsibilities

  • Researching and engaging with new prospects in order to secure further funding and partnerships, championing and managing new projects to create stronger partnerships;
  • Developing highly effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to generate commitment to our goals;
  • Fostering positive and effective relationships with our partners and ensure strong collaboration;
  • Secure new funding in support of our strategic objectives and contractual obligations;
  • Create and deliver effective pitches, bids and funding applications;
  • Engage and develop effective partnerships built on achieving mutually beneficial goals with other organisations, including non-profit, government and employers;
  • Represent BCS on a range of groups, committees and boards including the National Centre for Computing Education Partnerships & Fundraising Committee;
  • Build our organisational network through targeted outreach and systematic project planning;
  • Liaise with partners to solve issues, communicate needs and create synergy;
  • Analyse and report on partner initiatives, forecast for strategic changes and report on key metrics;
  • Lead on financial reporting for our partners;
  • Be sensitive to the views and perspectives of stakeholders about the landscape surrounding computing education in the UK.
  • Represent BCS externally amongst stakeholders and influencers inspiring confidence, positivity and ambition to improve computing education in the UK;
  • Maintain an awareness of economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to keep activity relevant and targeted;
  • The post holder will be accountable for performance against the following key measures:
    • Annual fundraising secured
    • Successful bids secured
    • Engagement of existing partners and stakeholders
    • Engagement of new partners
    • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director;
    • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedures;

The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements.

Who are we looking for

Education and qualifications
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Demonstrable ability to secure sponsorships/grants/awards
  • Demonstrable commercial experience combined with an understanding / affinity for the Not for Profit sector
  • Demonstrable experience of influencing and inspiring others
  • Demonstrable experience of the Computing Education landscape in the UK
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering successful outcomes
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and tracking budgets
Competencies and skills
  • Ability to inspire and influence at all levels
  • Persuasive with a can-do attitude
  • Solutions focused and proactive
  • A natural networker, able to build relationships quickly
  • Exceptional written and oral communications
  • Confident in public, ability to represent the organisation externally with well-developed presentation skills
  • Adept at managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to coach and manage others effectively
  • Ability to prioritise workloads (of self and others) in order to meet deadlines
  • Proven track record of working cross functionally with colleagues across all levels
  • Tenacity, professionalism and integrity as well as the drive and pragmatism to get things done
  • Understanding of effective marketing communications practices
  • Organised and systematic in approach to stakeholder engagement
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of computer science education in schools
  • Knowledge of computing education in the UK
  • Knowledge of UK non-profit and employer landscape
Special conditions
  • Regular travel throughout the UK
  • A full UK driving license
  • The role requires a flexible approach to working with the ability to work outside office hours/weekends/attend social or networking events or conferences
How to apply

Please send your CV to